Hearing loss is the physical outcome that takes place when the ear, auditory nerves or hearing centers of the brain don’t function properly. Most people associate hearing loss with the natural aging process. While it’s true that some hearing loss comes with age, there are actually many causes of hearing loss that can affect people at any age.
It’s called otitis externa, but you probably know it more clearly as swimmer’s ear. It’s an ear infection that causes pain in the outer ear canal, and it affects anyone from children to adults. It’s not always swimming that brings on a case of swimmer’s ear. It’s caused by any water left in the ear following an introduction to water, and it can be caused by a long bath, playing in the tub, or even spending time on water slides at a water park. Many people are familiar with it, but not many know precisely what swimmer’s ear is, how it affects their hearing, or what causes it. It’s time to educate yourself about what it is and what it means for your future health.
Most people think of ears as small receivers that just catch sound so we can hear, but hearing is actually more complicated than just catching sound. Ears are amazing organs with several different places to receive sound and send signals to your brain. Your other senses, like taste and smell, rely on chemical signals from your taste buds or olfactory bulbs to communicate with your brain, but hearing is an entirely mechanical process. That is, only the movement of physical structures of the ear are necessary to hear.
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One of the most difficult things to deal with in life is having to wake up one day and realize that you have lost your hearing. It is an unexpected condition that has left many frustrated and unable to come to terms with it, save for the costs incurred for you to hear again. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society in 2010 gave a projection that the cost for the first year of treatment for hearing loss will increase by 500% plus from $8 billion in 2002 to an estimated $51 billion in 2030. If this isn’t a catastrophe, I don’t know what is.
Let’s not forget our ears when it comes to cleanliness. Your ear contains lots of crevices that can trap dirt and sweat. Keeping our ears free of excessive wax, dirt and other foreign substances should be a regular part of your personal hygiene regime.
A ruptured eardrum is a tear in the tissue that is between the ear canal and middle ear. It is caused by either blunt trauma or a middle ear infection. If torn, it can impair your hearing permanently. If this injury should happen to you, seek medical help immediately.
Loss of hearing can be a very scary experience, especially if it happens suddenly. Your hearing capacity is most commonly affected by advancing age, injuries or accidents, and stress caused by listening to loud noises. Infections, thankfully are not considered to be the leading cause of permanent hearing loss. But infections in the middle ear […]
Hearing loss due to aging is one of the most common conditions in the United States. Around 25% of the US population between the ages of 55 and 64 suffers some degree of hearing loss. If you are older than 65, your chance of having hearing problems shoots up (maybe say “increases”) to almost 1 in 2.
Blocked sinuses are one of the more unpleasant ailments to deal with. Blockage or infection can be a result of a cold or allergies which often results discomfort and pain. Such issues can also cause a disruption in your hearing. Congestion affects and causes swelling to what is known as the Eustachian tube, which acts as a pressure gauge within the inner ear. Because your sinuses and ears are connected, stuffiness can cause the pressure in your ear so treating the root of the problem always helps.